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About Libman Education

Libman Education Inc. is a leading provider of training for the health care workforce offering self-paced and instructor-led online courses designed and developed by leading industry experts in Health Information Management (HIM) and Medical Record Coding. Our courses are specifically designed to improve individual skills and increase the efficiencies and competencies of health care providers and institutions. At Libman Education, we understand the needs and challenges of a well-trained workforce and offer the right-mix of online education to ensure that the health care professionals are prepared to meet the challenges of the changing workplace.
Inpatient Rehab Facility Coding – Picking the Etiologic Diagnosis on the IRF-PAI

Inpatient Rehab Facility Coding – Picking the Etiologic Diagnosis on the IRF-PAI

by Nirmala Sivakumar, CCS, CDIP Inpatient rehab coding has always presented a challenge for HIM coders, even the ones that have many years of coding experience. Coding in an Inpatient Rehab Facility (IRF) setting is not limited to choosing ICD-10-CM codes. It also involves selecting the appropriate impairment group code (IGC), pairing it with the […]

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Summary of Changes to IRF Payment Rates for FY 2019

Summary of Changes to IRF Payment Rates for FY 2019

by Nirmala Sivakumar, CCS, CDIP The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the FY (fiscal year) 2019 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System final rule in the August 6th, 2018 Federal Register. The final rule reflects the annual update to the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) IRF payment rates and policies. The overall impact of […]

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Regional Medical Center Doubles the Number of Skilled Coders to Lower the DNFB

“There is no denying the need for new coder training, and a mentoring program enables this invaluable type of one-to-one instruction.” BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – August 22, 2018 – This case study presents the solution one Hospital found to the challenge of finding skilled and up-to-date coders. The solution was already in their department (with a […]

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The Intersection of CDI and Coding: Part 8: Strategies for CDIS and Coders to Work Together

The Intersection of CDI and Coding: Part 8: Strategies for CDIS and Coders to Work Together

Hosted by Libman Education April 2018 Coding and CDI, both critically important to the success of our healthcare institutions, will continue to evolve in response to changes in technology, reimbursement, and workforce requirements. The relationship between CDIs and Coders is changing as the Revenue Cycle function requires a team approach that embraces all operational areas […]

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Auditing for Success: The Power of the Internal Audit

Auditing for Success: The Power of the Internal Audit

by Carol Maimone, RHIT, CCS, CDIP Performing internal audits can prove invaluable in preparing for external audits, improving overall quality and outcomes, and identifying needs for continued staff education. External audits and initiatives cannot be avoided; they seem to be increasing in regularity and keep any department busy. Making use of the external audit results can […]

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The Intersection of CDI and Coding: Part 7: Is Joint CDI/Coding Education Beneficial?

The Intersection of CDI and Coding: Part 7: Is Joint CDI/Coding Education Beneficial?

Hosted by Libman Education April 2018 Coding and CDI, both critically important to the success of our healthcare institutions, will continue to evolve in response to changes in technology, reimbursement, and workforce requirements. The relationship between CDIs and Coders is changing as the Revenue Cycle function requires a team approach that embraces all operational areas […]

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The Intersection of CDI and Coding: Part 6: CDI Specialists and Understanding of Coding

The Intersection of CDI and Coding: Part 6: CDI Specialists and Understanding of Coding

Hosted by Libman Education April 2018 Coding and CDI, both critically important to the success of our healthcare institutions, will continue to evolve in response to changes in technology, reimbursement, and workforce requirements. The relationship between CDIs and Coders is changing as the Revenue Cycle function requires a team approach that embraces all operational areas […]

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